The morning began as every other. Except this morning my wife was late to work, and ultimatly decided to call in and take a personal day. (There’s always errands to do). When we got to our families photography studio at 7:45am I took messages and my father called as he does every morning to check in. While we were on the phone he switched on the television, and within a few minutes I guess he started to pay attention to the muted set as he saw one of the towers ablaze.
He said “holy sh*t! I think an airplane hit the WTC”! Thinking only of small single engine planes he then added “ok here’s a replay, oh my god it was a jet!” then “This isn’t a replay… the second tower was just hit!
As I stood relaying all of this to my wife, he said to me in one of the most somber tones I’ve ever heard him use,
“Dino, put a sign on the door,go home turn on the TV. Everyone should be a witness to this”.
Arriving home in about 5 minutes, we began the mind numbing experience of watching two televisions simultaneously
for differing coverage.
I called the girl who works for us on her cell phone and asked her to stop by my house on her way in. She hadn’t
been listening to radio or T.V. and was understandably upset.
We must have sat there for hours and finally around lunch time we went out to the local hospital to see about donating blood. To our surprise, upon arriving at the hospital,found it barricaded off. We learned some totally
brainless,ignorant person had decided that now would be a good time to phone in a bomb scare. (makes you wonder)
Later that evening my wife and I drove to the church where we were married.
Its on top of a local mountain and totally secluded.Now I know the area we live in is a major corridor for incoming flights to ther metropolitan area, and I was struck by the absolute absence of any air traffic. It was so quiet!
Every day now I thank the powers that be that my family is still intact, and feel that if it wasn’t for loved ones
this life would not be what it is.
People, love your family,your friends and respect this life.